SEREMBAN, May 24 — Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Aminuddin Harun today announced 15 portfolios would be created to ensure the state government’s policies could be implemented and the people given the best service.
Aminuddin said he would hold five portfolios, namely Finance, Land and Natural Resources; Islamic Affairs; Security; Tourism; and Infrastructure and Public Amenities.
The other portfolios are Urban Wellbeing, Housing, Local Government and New Villages to be held by Teo Kok Seong; Investment, Industrialisation, Entrepreneurship, Education and Human Resource (Mohamad Rafie Ab Malek); Youth and Sports Development (Mohamad Taufek Abd Ghani); Rural Development (Ismail Ahmad) and Human Resource, Plantation and Non-Islamic Affairs (J. Arul Kumar).
Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (Bakri Sawir); Health, Environment, Cooperatives and Consumerism (S. Veerapan); Arts, Culture and Malay Customs (Mohamad Nazaruddin Sabtu); Women Affairs and Welfare (Nicole Tan Lee Koon); and Unity, Information and National Integration (Choo Ken Hwa).
In a press conference held after chairing the first Exco meeting, Aminuddin said all the exco members were appointed based on their merits such as experience and ability to carry out their responsibilities, in order to ensure that Negri Sembilan is administered in a harmonious manner.
“We have also asked that all exco members draw up their vision and mission so that they can start their work as soon as possible,” he said.
He added that the state government may ask for additional allocation for newly-appointed state assemblymen so that they could provide the best service to the people in their constituencies.
“There is only about RM1 million of the allocation for the state assemblymen this year and the state government views this seriously.
“We found that almost 80 per cent of the allocation for state assemblymen and exco had been spent during the first four months of this year,” he said.
Aminuddin said this year, each state assemblyman had been allocated a budget of RM350,000 while exco members got RM400,000 each. — Bernama